MHS Performances: The Year in Review

The 2017–2018 school year marked yet another excellent year of music and arts-related performances at Mamaroneck High School, and we’re not finished yet! PACE’s Senior Recital and Musical Revue are both coming up. Over the course of the entire year, Mamaroneck students put on over 20 productions/concerts spanning across PACE, the music department, and school-wide collaborations such as the musical. While all of the shows put on by MHS students this year are worth noting, there are a few that stand out in particular…

One of the first performances of the year was PACE’s two-cast production of Sense and Sensibility, which opened back in October. Directed by PACE theatre teacher Mr. Moore, auditions were held for the play in June of last year and rehearsals began just before school started. Based on the book of the same name, Sense and Sensibility tells the story of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, as they learn what it is to fall in love. The two casts were led by Callie Zola (’18) and Lauren Kroll (’18) who played the role of Elinor. Lindsey Belisle (’19) and Abby Lee (18′) performed as Marianne. The two girl’s love interests, Willoughby and Edward, were performed by Grant Tucker (’19) and Sammy Pignalosa (19’), and  Ian Melemend (18’) and Chase Thede (18’) respectively. The play was well received by its audience, as many admired the wit, comedy and cleverness of the show and its actors.

Another PACE performance, this year’s Kinesthesia has actually made recent news. Choreographer Julia Hintz’s (18’) dance was performed at the 92nd Street Y Dance Up! Festival in April. Titled Girl with music by Jamie XX, the dance was selected from 75 other pieces to be performed at the nationally recognized festival. Originally choreographed for Kinesthesia, the dance features Sydney Chun (19’), Ava Cyruli (18’) and Lauren Sigda (18’). Kinesthesia itself was quite the production, showcasing over 15 dances choreographed by seniors in the PACE program. Performed in December, the show featured dance styles that ranged from tap to hip hop to modern dance, and pieces that included as few as two dancers to as many as 20 or more on stage at once. This years senior dance, choreographed by PACE dance teacher Ms. Parsley and performed by the PACE 4 Senior Dance class, was done to a lovely rendition of Andra Day’s Rise Up, sung by Lilou Bolieher (20’) and Lindsey Belisle (19’).

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5 Things To Do in NYC this Summer

1- Go Stargazing on The High line

Visiting the High Line is a great activity in general, but it’s especially beautiful if you go on a summer Tuesday night to stargaze and hang out with your friends. There are even telescopes set up on Tuesday nights for the chance to see stars and planets.

2- Watch an Outdoor Movie

Grab a blanket and set up under the stars to watch a movie with your friends. Try NYC Parks Movies Under The Stars, SummerScreen, or Bryant Park Festival to find a time to see some of  your favorite movies under the stars. And, on top of that, most of them are free! Continue reading “5 Things To Do in NYC this Summer”

Summer Music Preview

The summer of 2017 was jam-packed with everything from politics to celebrity news. In addition, tons of new music was released over these past few months. Here is some of the new music of Summer 2017:

Tyler the Creator released his 4th studio album titled Flower Boy on July 21st. The release was announced days after the two lead singles for the album “Who Dat Boy” and “911 / Mr. Lonely,” which was subsequently followed by the releases of “Boredom” and “I Ain’t Got Time.” Controversy surrounded the album before its official release, when a leak of Flower Boy hit the internet. In this leak, people noted a multitude of lyrics which seemed to imply the rapper is gay. This comes with extreme controversy as Tyler has been put under heat in recent years for using extreme homophobic and offensive lyrics in his past albums. Tyler has made no official comment on his sexuality in the internet chaos surrounding the album, but despite the controversial lyrics, Flower Boy has turned out to be what many consider Tyler’s best work. The album was met with universal critical acclaim as well as reaching the number two spot on the Billboard 100, selling 106,000 copies in its first week. Tyler’s previous album, 2015’s Cherry Bomb was met with lukewarm acclaim, and and around half the sales of Flower Boy, proving that Tyler is here to stay in the world of rap, and is more relevant than ever. Continue reading “Summer Music Preview”

Soundscapes 2018 Moves Audience

Kerr Rudge 19 and Alenna Madalone 18 performed “When I feel,” written by Rudge. 

Soundscapes is a musical performance presented by PACE, the performing arts program at Mamaroneck High School. This year, it featured a wide variety of song genres including rap, opera, and pop. The shows, each about an hour and a half, were performed on Wednesday, January 24 through Saturday, January 27. There were two shows, an “A” show and a “B” show, each featuring different performers. The songs were well sung and complemented nicely by the live accompaniment, which ranged from string quartets to guitar and saxophone. Continue reading “Soundscapes 2018 Moves Audience”

Six Movies to Watch Out For in 2018

“Incredibles 2”

Taking place right where the first movie left off, the sequel to the 2004 hit “Incredibles” follows the life of the Parr family. While Elastigirl is off fighting crime, her husband Mr. Incredible is staying home to watch their kids Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack. With the help of Frozone, the Incredibles family must battle a new evil villain. Set to come out on June 15th, the movie is complete with an A-list cast of voices, including Brad Bird, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, and Craig T. Nelson. This newest addition to the series is sure to be just as exciting as the first. Continue reading “Six Movies to Watch Out For in 2018”

Hollywood Sends a Message at the 2018 Golden Globes

The Golden Globes, which aired on Sunday, January 7th, made headlines for being “more than just an awards show,” according to Glamour Magazine. While the ceremony itself was interesting as always, a movement began at the Golden Globes this year which made history. By now, I’m sure you’ve all heard of the “Time’s Up” movement, which strives to eliminate the sexual harassment and unequal treatment of women in their workplace. In support of this call to action, a huge number of the actresses attending the event wore black. Keeping in line with the theme of the event, women like Nicole Kidman, Elisabeth Moss, and Oprah centered their speeches around the topic of women’s rights. Oprah, in her legendary acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award, beautifully said, “I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon. And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again.” Continue reading “Hollywood Sends a Message at the 2018 Golden Globes”

The Globe Presents: Top 5 Albums of 2017

  1. Saturation I/II– Brockhampton

It’s hard to think of any artist that had a better calendar year than Brockhampton did in 2017. The boy band, composed of six vocalists and 8 background members from south central LA, sent shock waves throughout the popular music scene by releasing ⅔ of their Saturation trilogy,  with the third coming on December 15th. The first two installments of the Saturation trilogy are genre bending and fantastically enjoyable to listen to. From Kevin Abstract’s infectious hooks on songs like Gold, Boys, and Gummy, to Merlyn Wood’s ecstatic verses on Sweet and Bump, to Joba’s angelic vocals on Tokyo and Face, the albums are nothing like this world has seen in a long time. Continue reading “The Globe Presents: Top 5 Albums of 2017”

Top Movies of the Year

“Blade Runner 2049”

It is always difficult to make a sequel, especially when the film is considered the greatest science fiction film ever made. As a fan of the original, I was initially worried about an attempt to recreate the greatness of the original, but director Denis Villeneuve succeeded. With the original’s distinctive style in mind, “2049” crafts a fully realized world for a new story to take place. While it has many connections and ties to the story and characters of the original 1982 film, the sequel could easily be viewed without any knowledge of the first one. If you are prepared for a long, slow and dense movie, you will not be disappointed by “Blade Runner 2049.” Continue reading “Top Movies of the Year”

Movies and Music For the Holiday Season

Starting the day after Halloween, when shops and stores magically become covered in fake snow and holiday decorations, the holiday season acts as a massive cultural phenomenon here in the United States. Thousands of different holiday movies and music albums can be found on a plethora of television channels, radio stations, and streaming services, and can be purchased in hundreds of stores and online. The difficult part about finding any sort of holiday-themed content to enjoy is not finding and accessing the content itself, but deciding what to listen to/watch/read. To help you make the best of the holidays this year (without having to spend hours flipping channels or scrolling through Spotify), here are a few music and movie recommendations for the 2017 holiday season.

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Fun Fall Festivities

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Photo Courtesy of Youtube: Storm King Art Center is home to many beautiful sculptures. 

Here are four fall favorites to check out when the temperature drops and the leaves fall…

Storm King Art Center

Located in the historic town of Cornwall, New York, Storm King Art Center is celebrated as one of the world’s leading sculpture parks. The outdoor galleries and large scale sculptures sit on 500 acres of rolling hills, woodlands and fields of native grasses and wildflowers. In addition to its permanent installation of sculpture, Storm King features a variety of special exhibitions from artists such as David Smith and Heather Hart. Storm King’s most well-known and instagram worthy sculpture is Alyson Shotz’s Mirror Fence. Storm King is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm during the month of November and Friday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm during the month of December. Continue reading “Fun Fall Festivities”

Fall Play Review

The Fall Play, Sense and Sensibility, opened in October. Set in 19th century England, the play follows Eleanor and Marianne Dashwoods’ journey towards love and marriage. Eleanor is in love with the more reserved Edward. Meanwhile, Marianne initially has an affair with the scandalous Willoughby (played powerfully by Sammy Pignalosa and Grant Tucker, ‘19), but ends up loving her polar opposite, the solemn Colonel Brandon. Callie Zola, ‘18, portrayed the shy, lovable qualities of Eleanor expertly, while Lauren Kroell, ‘18, exposed a confident side to the character not often seen. Marianne Dashwood was played by Abby Lee (‘18) and Lindsey Belisle (‘19). Lee gave the character a more serious side, while Belisle played her with a lovable carefreeness. Continue reading “Fall Play Review”

Lil Pump Reshapes Modern Rap

The rap world’s newest sensation, 17-year old Gazzy Garcia, widely known as Lil Pump, is sweeping the nation with his self titled mixtape, Lil Pump. Mr. Garcia began his rapping career at age 13 when he was introduced to fellow rapper Smokepurpp. The two recorded music and began to gain a following. Pump finally rose to online fame in late 2016 with his vulgar and distorted trap single, D Rose. Pump knows how to keep it short, with most of his songs lasting under three minutes. His success has generated heated debates on how he and many other SoundCloud rappers are revolutionizing the world of rap. However, some in opposition to Pump and his peers believe they don’t deserve the acclaim. Continue reading “Lil Pump Reshapes Modern Rap”

Blade Runner Runs to Success

Blade Runner 2049 opened in October to immense critical acclaim. The follow up to the classic sci fi original, Blade Runner, the sequel has a gripping, emotional and surprising plot, all while boasting state of the art special effects. It preserved the legacy of the first film while continuing to expand its world and characters. I saw the movie. I loved it. This is a terrible turn of events. Continue reading “Blade Runner Runs to Success”

Pete and Liam “Stuff” Themselves

We’re back! In the spirit of the holiday season, we’re here to review our town’s stuffing offerings. Though everyone is quick to claim the best stuffing can be found only around their own dinner table, we went in search of a option that can be found year-round without making your grandmother slave away in the kitchen. We sampled three local and relatively low-cost options, and reviewed them with your tastes in mind. We hope you take our advice into account next time you step out in search of the perfect bowl of stuffing. Continue reading “Pete and Liam “Stuff” Themselves”

Ten Things To Try: Local Edition

 

  1. Siren: Right on Mamaroneck Avenue, Siren is a high-end boutique with a vast collection of pieces. This store is tucked away and often unnoticed, but definitely worth a visit. Siren has a wide variety of items, ranging from apparel to jewelry to home decor.
  2. Granola Bar: Only a few train stops away, The Granola Bar is located on the top of Greenwich Avenue. The Granola Bar not only has granola, but an assortment of delicious food to choose from, such as baked goods, smoothies, sandwiches, salads, and more.
  3. By The Way Bakery: Right around the corner from The Granola Bar, By The Way Bakery is one of Greenwich’s new additions, and one of the best options for baked goods. Surprisingly, this bakery is both gluten and dairy free, accommodating allergies while remaining delicious. By The Way Bakery has many amazing options to choose from, such as cakes, cupcakes, and bread products.
  4. Hand Rolled Bagels: Hidden on Purdy Avenue in Rye, Hand Rolled Bagels is the place to go for a quick and delicious breakfast. As the name says, Hand Rolled hand rolls their own bagels every morning, allowing us to enjoy bagels fresh out of the oven on chilly days.
  5. Rosemary and Vine: Rosemary and Vine is a cute restaurant in Rye with many healthy options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They are very careful to label everything in case of allergies. With their vast menu, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
  6. Longford’s Ice Cream: If you want to relive your ballroom days, but understand the Larchmont Longford’s is just not the same anymore, come to Rye for ice cream and an additional assortment of candy. The ice cream is still amazing, just a little farther away.
  7. Poppy’s Cafe: If you are looking for a dainty cafe to go to, Poppy’s is the place for you.  You can enjoy a nice, inexpensive meal sitting at the counter. The employees are very courteous and the food is savory. Around the holidays, Poppy’s is covered with decorations that will get you into the spirit. Poppy’s has been located in Rye since the 60’s, and has held its stellar reputation ever since.
  8. Diane’s Books of Greenwich: Diane’s Bookstore is tucked away from Greenwich Avenue, but not hard to get to. This bookstore will remind you of your childhood with many old books, yet there is a vast selection of new and unique ones that will be fun to look through.
  9. European Boutique: European Boutique is located in Rye, and has a unique selection of clothing and jewelry items. The majority of their pieces are inspired by Spain, Italy and France. They have plenty of pieces you wouldn’t normally find around here, which makes them worth your time.
  10. La Fenice Gelateria: La Fenice Gelateria is another unnoticed spot located in Greenwich, and is definitely worth your visit. There, they have chic tables to sit at and a variety of gelato, coffee, and pastries. You can take a quick trip to Greenwich, and enjoy a refreshing gelato after a day of walking around.

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MHS Prepares for Fall Play

The Fall Play, Sense and Sensibility, opened in October. Set in 19th century England, the play follows Eleanor and Marianne Dashwoods’ journey towards love and marriage. Eleanor is in love with the more reserved Edward. Meanwhile, Marianne initially has an affair with the scandalous Willoughby (played powerfully by Sammy Pignalosa and Grant Tucker, ‘19), but ends up loving her polar opposite, the solemn Colonel Brandon. Callie Zola, ‘18, portrayed the shy, lovable qualities of Eleanor expertly, while Lauren Kroell, ‘18, exposed a confident side to the character not often seen. Marianne Dashwood was played by Abby Lee (‘18) and Lindsey Belisle (‘19). Lee gave the character a more serious side, while Belisle played her with a lovable carefreeness. Continue reading “MHS Prepares for Fall Play”